Rob Cohen to Direct Action Thriller ‘Risk’

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Briefly: No, we haven’t gone back to the days where studios were actively developing board game properties, and this Risk doesn’t have any of the strategic hallmarks you might be thinking of. (Though after The Lego Movie hits this weekend, we might see a resurgence of toy and game developments.)

This film is an action picture that blends “psychological suspense and action,” and features “a brilliant thief who is released early from prison to execute a nearly impossible art heist.” We don’t have any casting, but Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, Stealth) is directing from a script by Eric Harlacher, who has a few TV movie credits to his name.

We don’t know much more, but Cohen told Variety, “I’ve always wanted to make a sophisticated caper/thriller in the style of ‘Topkapi,’ ‘To Catch A Thief’ and ‘The Hot Rock,’ with smart characters and sexy European backgrounds.  When I read the script of ‘Risk’, I knew this was it.” Those thrillers, especially Topkapi, are pretty great, and if he can capture some of that magic, more power to him.

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In addition to moving Warcraft away from Star Wars Episode VII, Universal dated a slew of major movies on this Thanksgiving Eve. They are as follows:

  • An Untitled Michael Mann film starring Chris Hemsworth will be released January 16, 2015.
  • Jennifer Lopez‘s thriller The Boy Next Door opens January 23, 3015.
  • The long delayed epic Seventh Son gets the new release date of February 6, 2015.
  • Andy Muschietti‘s reboot of The Mummy hits April 22, 2016.

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Road House

Survey a bunch of movie fans on the most rewatchable films of the Eighties and Road House is guaranteed to come up. The classic-bad-action film starring Patrick Swayze as a no-nonsense bouncer features some of the most cheesy dialogue and fighting you’ve ever seen in a major motion picture. But thanks in part to Swayze’s charisma, the film also has its charms. It’s one of those movies, that is extremely hard to turn off when happened across on cable.

That said, the premise of Road House isn’t what brings people back. It’s how it’s played, which is why this latest piece of news is a head-scratcher. It seems MGM has hired Rob Cohen, director of xXx, The Fast and the Furious and recently Alex Cross, to remake Road House. Read More »

Newly announced sequels, new info on previously announced sequels and the death of others. Tons of news in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump read about:

  • Liam Neeson didn’t think Taken 3 would happen, but the screenwriter of Taken 2 says it definitely is.
  • Rob Cohen would love to go back to both the xXx and Fast and Furious series.
  • Tyrese Gibson tweets a semi-spoilery photo from Fast and Furious 6 and says he wants to come back for Transformers 4.
  • Michael Bay says Transformers 4 will have “a different feel” and “open the franchise up.”
  • Texas Chainsaw 3D will feature footage from the original film.
  • Director Isaac Florentine and actor Scott Adkins are back for Ninja 2.
  • Paranormal Activity 4 is coming to IMAX.

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Ever since Tyler Perry was first cast as Alex Cross in Summit’s James Patterson franchise reboot, fans have understandably been pretty skeptical. Remember, this is a role once played by the great Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Any actor would have his work cut out for him following an act like that, but Perry in particular — who’s best known for his cross-dressing, comedic performances as Madea — seemed like an odd fit.

But the more optimistic among us were willing to give Perry the benefit of the doubt until we saw some footage, and now that the first trailer has hit we have a better idea of what Perry’s capable of in the part. The upcoming Alex Cross features the DC detective engaged in a cat-and-mouse game with Picass0 (a nearly unrecognizable Matthew Fox), a psychotic killer. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Today’s a big day for unlikely action film developments; in this case I imagine that Neal Stephenson just started sharpening one of his swords. The author created a very specific portrait of the pioneer scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who also worked for a time at the British Mint, for his massive eight-book Baroque Cycle. In Stephenson’s telling, Newton is intensely brilliant, fiercely competitive, reclusive almost to the point of drama, and a scientific pioneer who was also devoutly, unwaveringly devoted to his faith.

I know, I know: halfway through that explanation you were already thinking, “duh, action hero.”

But Rob Cohen, who directed Stealth and just finished Alex Cross, is planning an action franchise based around Newton’s days at the Mint. Read More »

With just days to go until This Means War was scheduled to hit theaters, Fox has shifted its release date yet again. Less last-minute is Summit’s announcement of a fall release date for Alex Cross (formerly I, Alex Cross), which sees Tyler Perry ditching the Madea costume for once. But the biggest piece of news, which remains unconfirmed at the moment, is a possible 2013 release date for The Wolverine. Hit the jump for details on all three pictures. (Update: Fox just confirmed with us that the release date for The Wolverine is legit.)

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Casting! Here’s info one one potentially great project, one that will probably find an appreciative audience, and one that will perhaps just make you hungry. I’ll let you figure out which is which:

  • Wentworth Miller joins Park Chan-wook’s first English-language film, Stoker,
  • John C. McGinley will realize his destiny by playing police chief to Tyler Perry in I, Alex Cross,
  • and Tyler Posey will go to war with rival taco vendors in Taco Shop.

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